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Shortcut alert—chorizo is your ticket to a fast-fix dinner thanks to its built-in abundance of spices. In this easy soup, it provides a backbone of flavor without requiring you to raid your spice cabinet. Customize this recipe with your choice of beans—we love creamy pinto, but black beans are equally delicious. Pile a bowl full of your favorite toppings and dive in; it’s much easier to eat than a street taco, and just as delicious! Be sure to buy Mexican chorizo, which is uncooked; Spanish chorizo is cured, so it won’t render the fat you need to cook the onions and chiles.

Robin Bashinsky

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Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

active:
35 mins
total:
35 mins
Yield:
8 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook chorizo in a large Dutch oven over high, stirring often, until crumbled and lightly browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Drain all but 2 tablespoons drippings from Dutch oven. (Use all drippings, if desired.) Add onion and poblanos, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add oregano and garlic, and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Add stock, beans, and tomato puree, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes to let flavors meld.

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  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high. Add oil, and swirl to coat. Add corn, and cook, stirring often, until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high. Add oil, and swirl to coat. Add corn, and cook, stirring often, until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes.

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